Monday, August 03, 2009
Do you ever feel that way? A weekend to recover from the weekend? Parties, baseball games, movies, a nice dinner out...I'm not complaining. But Wink here has the right idea.
And that, by the way, is the latest addition to the woodland walk area of the garden. Once again, I'm amazed at the transformation of this section of the garden. What was once just a pass-through, has grown and taken on new life this year, from the walkway to the new fabulous garden bed. Which, by the way, found its way to me, free. It's heavy and huge and teak, so it should last forever. Thanks BryBo, for thinking of me when needing to find a new home for it.
The Balinese pillows I brought back from a trip there a while back, but it's not until now they have the perfect (summer only) home. It's all underneath one of my favorite Portland trees, a Clerodendron trichotomum: Harlequin Glorybower. It's grown to be one of the larger versions of this tree, and I smile because AdRi and I moved it as a baby to its current home. I've been adding drippings of jewels, bells, lanterns and windchimes, so not only is it magic to lay under, there's a wee bit of sound and pretty things to look at. I've been burning incense out there, as an ode to Bali, but now the tree is beginning to bloom...
...and the air is heady with its summer scent. Sweet and enough to stop you in your tracks if you're out and about walking and come upon one. The secret to know about the Clerodendron is that its leaves smell like peanut butter.
Crazy, wonderful tree.
Crazy, wonderful summer.